Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on July 18, 2005, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc. (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II and III below, which Items have been prepared by the CHX. On August 30, 2005, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. On September 1, 2005, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 2 to the proposed rule change. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange proposes to amend the text of its proposed new Rule 17, in Article III of the Exchange's Rules, which would require participants and participant firms to provide electronic mail addresses to the Exchange for use in transmitting notices and other communications. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to (1) amend the text to require that participants and participant firms promptly update any electronic mail addresses provided to the Exchange when the addresses change or are no longer valid; and (2) amend the text to confirm that the proposal does not supersede or modify, in addition to specific provisions relating to the service of process or other materials in disciplinary proceedings, any other provisions of Exchange rules that set out a specific method for the receipt of information from the Exchange. The text of this proposed rule is available on the Exchange's Web site at http://www.chx.com/rules/proposed_rules_htm and in the Commission's Public Reference Room.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, the CHX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received regarding the proposal. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The CHX has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The Exchange recently submitted a proposal to add a new Rule 17 to Article III of the Exchange's Rules to require each participant and participant firm to provide the Exchange with an electronic mail address that the Exchange may use to distribute notices and communications. The proposal is designed to allow the Exchange to take advantage of technology to communicate with participants in a more efficient and cost-effective manner, for routine communications as well as in appropriate emergency situations. Among other things, the Exchange anticipates that it would be able to provide participants with electronic copies of the weekly bulletin, which today are mailed to many of the Exchange's participants in hard copies.
Importantly, the original version of the Exchange's proposed rule change specifically noted that it does not modify or supersede any rule that sets out a different method of service required as part of a disciplinary proceeding. Those materials would continue to be provided by the more conventional means set out in the rules. The Exchange now proposes to amend the proposed rule text to (1) require participants and participant firms to promptly update any electronic mail addresses provided to the Exchange when the addresses change or are no longer valid; and (2) confirm that the proposal does not supersede or modify any other provisions of Exchange rules that set out a specific method for the receipt of information from the Exchange.
2. Statutory Basis
The CHX believes the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act, in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, in particular, in that it promotes just and equitable principles of trade, removes impediments to, and perfects the mechanism of, a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, protects investors and the public interest by allowing the Exchange to take advantage of available technology to communicate with its participants in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Changes Received From Members, Participants or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Changes and Timing for Commission Action
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such other period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and Start Printed Page 54425publishes its reasons for so finding, or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission will:
(A) By order approve the proposed rule change; or
(B) Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposal, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File No. SR-CHX-2005-21 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-9303.
All submissions should refer to File No. SR-CHX-2005-21. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the CHX. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.
All submissions should refer to File No. SR-CHX-2005-21 and should be submitted on or before October 5, 2005.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jonathan G. Katz,
3. In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange made several minor clarifications to the proposed rule change, including changes to the proposed rule text to require members to promptly update electronic mail addresses they provide to the Exchange, to clarify that the proposal will not supersede or modify any other provisions of Exchange rules that set out a specific method for the receipt of information from the Exchange, and to modify Part II.A.1 to more closely conform it to the text of the proposed rule change.Back to Citation
4. In Amendment No. 2, the Exchange changed the text of the proposed rule so that it uses the term “electronic mail” instead of the term “e-mail.”Back to Citation
5. See Article XII (“Discipline and Trial Proceedings”).Back to Citation
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